Best Political Science Universities in Germany 2023

The 2nd edition of ranking of the best universities in the arena of Political Science is based on data consolidated from various data sources including OpenAlex and CrossRef. The bibliometric data for evaluating the citation-based metrics were gathered on 21-12-2022. Position in the ranking is based on a sum of D-indexes (Discipline H-index) of all ranking scientist's affiliated with a given institution. D-index includes exclusively papers and citation data for an examined discipline.
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The scope of our Political Science research’s best universities ranking is a trustworthy list of leading scientists from the discipline of Political Science , created using a detailed examination of 166,880 scholars discovered from a variety of bibliometric data sources. For the area of Political Science, as many as 1698 researchers were analysed.

What is D-index inclusion threshold for Political Science
The D-index threshold for approving a researcher to be examined is placed at 20 if most of their publications are in the discipline of Political Science. The inclusion requirements for researchers to be considered into the ranking of top scientists are based on the D-index, ratio of the publications made within the given field of study as well as the awards and achievements of the scientists. The D-index threshold for including leading scientists is set as an increment of 10 depending on the overall number of researchers estimated for each scientific field whilst making sure that the top 1% of leading scholars are considered into the ranking. We expect a proximity of 30% or less between a scientist’s general H-index and their D-index.

Additional verification rules
As our leading mission is to make sure that only credible scholars are included in our ranking we are aware that metrics are never meant to be a complete means to assess the contributions of researchers. This is why we manually check each profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a wide range of credible sources. Even though it’s not a metric defining a scholar’s position in our ranking, the number of documents published in well-known journals and conference proceedings should be a valuable secondary signal of their contribution to research in a specific field of study. Position in the ranking is determined by each scientist’s D-index using metrics collected from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most credible and well-known bibliometric databases of this kind available to the research community. A comprehensive overview of our research procedures can be found on our methodology page.

Our mission
Our mission is to inspire scholars, businessmen and politicians around the world to examine where leading experts are heading and to offer a way for the whole research community to get to know who the leading experts in specific disciplines, in different countries, or even within research institutions are.
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Key findings for Political Science
With 22 institutions Germany ranks in spot 3 globally.

As far as institutions are concerned, the institution with the highest number of leading researchers in Germany is University of Mannheim with 6 scientists affiliated with it being present in Political Science ranking. It is followed by University of Konstanz with 6 scholars and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München with 5 scholars.

The most prominent scientists in the area of Political Science in Germany are affiliated with Heidelberg University, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Freie Universität Berlin, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Hertie School, Walter Eucken Institut, Bielefeld University, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Institute of Labor Economics, University of Konstanz. University of Mannheim is highlighted as the best university in the Germany in our ranking with a total D-index of its ranking scientists at 180. Ranking on the second place is Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München with a total D-index of 169. The third spot is taken by University of Konstanz with a total D-index of 160.

The average total D-index for the top 3% universities is 62 in comparison to an average of 62 for all 22 institutions featured in ranking.

The average number of published papers in the discipline of Political Science by researchers affiliated with the top 1% of researchers in the ranking is 275 against an average of 275 for all 22 universities.

The average number of citations of scholars affiliated with the top 5% universities is 14290 against an average of 14290 for all 22 universities.

University Details
Σ Publications
Σ D-Index D-index (Discipline H-index) only includes papers and citation values for an examined discipline in contrast to General H-index which accounts for publications across all disciplines.
60 World 1 National Scholars 6 867 Σ D-index 180
66 World 2 National Scholars 5 845 Σ D-index 169
68 World 3 National Scholars 6 652 Σ D-index 160
106 World 4 National Scholars 2 448 Σ D-index 113
107 World 5 National
Hertie School

Hertie School

Scholars 3 485 Σ D-index 111
117 World 6 National Scholars 3 483 Σ D-index 99
150 World 7 National Scholars 3 299 Σ D-index 74
171 World 8 National Scholars 2 186 Σ D-index 53
174 World 9 National Scholars 2 210 Σ D-index 52
184 World 10 National Scholars 2 182 Σ D-index 47
196 World 11 National Scholars 1 258 Σ D-index 40
211 World 12 National Scholars 1 166 Σ D-index 32
242 World 13 National Scholars 1 160 Σ D-index 27
248 World 14 National Scholars 1 90 Σ D-index 27
268 World 15 National Scholars 1 85 Σ D-index 25
270 World 16 National Scholars 1 64 Σ D-index 25
274 World 17 National Scholars 1 135 Σ D-index 24
275 World 18 National Scholars 1 119 Σ D-index 24
280 World 19 National Scholars 1 91 Σ D-index 24
281 World 20 National Scholars 1 90 Σ D-index 24
298 World 21 National Scholars 1 57 Σ D-index 23
305 World 22 National Scholars 1 82 Σ D-index 22

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